January 3, 2021

US/Worldwide Weekend Box Office Report – 1.3.2021


OPENINGS:  There were no new wide openings for New Year’s weekend.

HOLDOVERS:  Word of mouth still operates in a pandemic, and it wasn’t at all friendly to WW84 (DC/Warners) which crumpled by 67% to $5.5M from one holiday weekend to the next.  It now seems highly unlikely to reach Tenet‘s $57.9M in the US (it may not even get past $45M), although of course Warners’ real play in this country is to build HBO Max, as to which the company hasn’t issued any hard numbers.  Overseas, WW84 is at $90M after a $10.1M weekend in 40 markets, and it won’t even come close to Tenet‘s $304.7M.

Despite its availability on VOD, THE CROODS: A NEW AGE (DreamWorks/Universal) gained 25% to $2.2M in its 6th weekend, on track to pass $40M in the US.  It’s also solid overseas, where it’s at $80.4M ($52.5M of that from China) after a $7.6M weekend in 17 territories.

NEWS OF THE WORLD (Universal) lost 25% to $1.7M from last week’s premiere, and could get past $10M in theatres before beginning its VOD run in 2 weeks.

MONSTER HUNTER (Screen Gems/Sony) gained 11% to $1.3M in its 3rd weekend, and might reach $10M in the US.  It also has $4.8M overseas.

FATALE (Lionsgate) hits VOD this week, and rose 6% to $700K in its final theatres-only weekend.  It could pass $5M in the US, and hasn’t yet opened overseas.

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (Focus/Universal) held well from last week’s opening, down 8% to $660K, and with one more weekend ahead before it reaches VOD, it should see $4M in US theatres.

PINOCCHIO (Roadside) was up 4% from last weekend’s opening to $284K, but even with a traditional theatrical window it’s unlikely to get much higher than $2M in the US.  Its long international release, which started pre-pandemic, brought in $20.5M.

SOUL (Pixar/Disney) is a Disney+-only release in the US, but its overseas theatrical release is at $32.5M after a $16.5M weekend in 10 markets, including a notable result in China, where it more than doubled its opening weekend.

NEXT WEEKEND:  There are no wide openings scheduled.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."